Kai-Uwe Bletzinger studied Civil Engineering at the Universities of Stuttgart (Germany) and Calgary (Canada). In 1984, he joined the group of Prof. Ekkehard Ramm at Stuttgart, a place which is internationally well recognized in the field of computational structural mechanics with special emphasis to the analysis and shape design of light weight structures such as shells and membranes. In 1990, Kai-Uwe Bletzinger received his PhD. The thesis topic was "Shape optimization of plate and shell structures" with numerical techniques combining CAD and FEM, a subject which he has developed further on since then and where he belongs to the actually leading experts in the field.
Kai-Uwe Bletzinger was Professor of Numerical Methods for Structural Analysis at the University of Karlsruhe before assuming his current position in 1999 as Professor holding the Chair of Structural Analysis at the Technical University of Munich. His research interests include computational mechanics, non-linear finite element methods, structural optimization, form finding, fluid-structure-interaction and computational wind engineering as well as the theory, modeling and simulation of shells and membranes. In particular, he is interested into the merging of analysis and design. In that regard his group has been recognized as being leading in developing shape optimization methods for very large problems and the extension of the isogeometric analysis paradigm for the analysis and optimization of shells, multipatch coupling and consistent B-rep modelling.
Kai-Uwe Bletzinger serves in various positions for the scientific and professional community such as board member in scientific societies, senior referee of the German Science Foundation, as reviewer for various international journals or as member of design standard commissions.
Vertex Morphing has been introduced as a most powerful numerical tool for shape optimization and form finding of structures.
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